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Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Community Foundation for Monterey County improves the quality of life in Monterey County by raising, managing and distributing charitable funds to nonprofit organizations throughout the county. The foundation has a strong history of strengthening nonprofits through its competitive grant program, technical assistance grants and management assistance workshops.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County is the lead intermediary of the Central Coast CLP Collaborative, which also includes the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and the Community Foundation of San Benito County. The Central Coast CLP Collaborative is providing grants to build the sustainability of organizations in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

Region Served: Central Coast
Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties


Phase 1 (2009-2012): $700,000
Phase 2 (current): $1.4 million

Regranting Program Details:
During Phase 1, The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) provided core support and capacity-building grants to nine organizations. Initial grants averaged $20,000 per year. Grantees participated in a half-day workshop to develop capacity improvement plans and also received five hours of one-on-one technical assistance to further develop these plans and related budgets. Based on these plans, the foundation developed a technical assistance approach that offered some common training while also addressing the unique needs of each organization. These technical assistance programs included the Executive Directors’ Resource Group, group trainings through the Management Assistance Program, and support for peer learning and networking.

The CFMC Executive Directors’ Resource Group offered special resources to help executive directors from grantee organizations strengthen their leadership skills and share experiences with peers. Activities included monthly breakfasts, executive coaching, scholarships for professional development and special events. Participating executive directors were also encouraged to gain from the leadership development and technical assistance resources offered through the Community Leadership Project.

For Phase 2, the Community Foundation for Monterey County is partnering with the community foundations of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties to support 13 organizations. Over the three-year grant period, hands-on guidance, peer learning opportunities and connections to technical assistance resources will advance the community grantees’ progress and increase their ability to develop resilient leadership, adaptive capacity and financial stability.

Read more about the Community Foundation for Monterey County program on our Highlights page.

Grantees Funded:
Phase 1 (2009-2012)

Phase 2 (current)

Project Launched: Summer 2009


Project Contact:
Julie Drezner
(831) 375-9712

Leadership Development Program Details (Phase 1):

Using $250,000 of its Phase 1 CLP funds, the Community Foundation for Monterey County created a Leadership Education and Development Institute (LEAD). It was built with expertise from LeaderSpring, CompassPoint and other successful programs, and was customized with input from nonprofit leaders on the Central Coast. LEAD delivered a development program featuring in-depth seminars, trainings, peer discussions, individual learning plans, leadership coaching and organizational capacity-building projects.

A total of 19 emerging leaders graduated from the first-year offering; more than 60 percent were leaders of color drawn from all ethnicities. In addition to the LEAD Institute, CFMC also offered a range of supports for established nonprofit leaders, including a guided monthly discussion for mutual learning, leadership coaching and scholarships to enable participation in other training opportunities.

Over the span of the first phase, 60 to 75 emerging leaders and 45 to 60 established executive directors participated in LEAD. Participants learned new abilities and approaches through multiple methods, and LEAD attracted broad participation at a critical time in the development of local leaders.

Selection Process:
The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s recruitment for the LEAD program involved extensive outreach to nonprofit organizations in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Outreach was coordination with the community foundations in these counties and other area organizations that serve nonprofits.